Recently, many more people than ever before have started working from home. This can mean that children are at home at the same time, as they would be during school vacation time or in the evenings or weekends. This can be a problematic combination, as productivity might suffer. In order to make the best of the situation, there are some useful tips to follow to ensure that everyone – you and your children – are able to work and function well.
Have A Flexible Schedule
Although you might have had a rigid schedule at work before you started to work from home, or even if you worked from home all by yourself, this schedule may need to change now. Trying to have too strict a schedule will only cause frustration and low productivity as you try to get everything done at once.
In order to have a more harmonious household and ensure that you are still able to do all the work you need to do, you need to be much more flexible. Rather than a schedule, make a to-do list – you can then work in any order, and as long as everything is done by the time you need to stop, you can work around the time you need to spend with your family as well. When your kids are asleep or even away on residential school trips, for example, you can catch up.
Speak To Your Boss
At the moment, most people are in the same situation with regards to working from home and being there with family, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t discuss your working arrangements with your boss. They may be able to offer you some help with regards to your schedule by looking at flexible working, for example. It is good to keep an honest and open dialog with your employer no matter what is happening.
If your boss is finding it hard to manage their team remotely, let them know there is plenty of help available, which will give them a lot of advice and direction about how to ensure their remote workforce is happy and healthy. Not only will it help them, but it will help you and the business as a whole as well.
Plan Breaks With The Kids
When your kids are at home at the same time as you, it’s important to plan your breaks to coincide with theirs. You are going to need to ensure you are spending time with your children as well as spending time at work because if your children feel neglected, it is then that they are likely to disrupt you. Although it might be difficult, plan work time and family time, and try to keep these times as separate as possible.
If you play with, read with, or watch TV with your children for a little while, let them know that you can do so again on your next break and that the less they disturb you at work, the sooner that break will come. You will be able to concentrate on what you are doing, and your children will know that you are going to be with them again soon.